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The Playbox, St Johns Methodist Church Preschool

Pre-School Playgroup

The Playbox provides a safe, caring and stimulating environment to encourage intellectual, physical, social and emotional development and growing independence through play and adult support. All are equally important and interlinked. Our aim is to enhance the development of all children from 2 to 5 years of age. We offer a high ratio of adults to children which enables us to give individual care and attention, as well as fun and friendship with other children and adults. At the Playbox we offer all the children the opportunity to develop at their own pace, by providing a planned Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and appropriate play activities. The children can enjoy regular P.E. and movement sessions, fortnightly music sessions with the piano and musical instruments and cookery sessions. We implement an individual record keeping and key person system to ensure all children reach their full potential. Our current Ofsted status: Outstanding overall.

Who to contact

Mrs Nicky Hillman
The Playbox, St Johns Methdist Church Preschool
St. John's Church Community Centre, York Road
CO10 1ND
01787 373185 or 07591062605

Venue Details

St Johns Church Community Centre
CO10 1ND
Parking available
Parking details
6 Parking spaces in church hall car park

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact The Playbox, St Johns Methodist Church Preschool for vacancy information.

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Communication difficulties
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.00 Lunch Club - Per day
£12.50 Per session

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Playroom, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Slide, Take children on outings
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s) 0 month(s)
To 5 Year(s) 0 month(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
Last Updated

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
08/12/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
02/03/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The Playbox aims to have regard to the DfES Code of Practice 2014 on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs, and to provide a welcome, and appropriate learning opportunities, for all children.

At the Playbox we have due regard for the Equality Act 2010 so children with special needs, like all other children, are admitted to The Playbox after consultation between parents and The Playbox supervisor, so that we can endeavour to meet each child’s needs.

Our aim is to provide for the developmental needs of each child in the group.

ALL children in the group, irrespective of their special needs are encouraged wherever possible and appropriate to participate in all the groups’ activities

Our groups Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or “SENCO” – Lisa White, monitors the needs and progress of children who have special educational needs.

A system of observation and confidential record keeping operates, in conjunction with parents, to enable us to identify and monitor children’s needs, and progress on an individual basis - with on-going reviews.

Our Key person system ensures each adult is especially responsible for, and close to, a small group of children, so each child receives plenty of adult time and attention.

Staff additional training includes:

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Lisa White:

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Multi-sensory play
  • Transforming Learning through Observation
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Observing and Assessing Children

All staff:

  • A Positive Approach to Behaviour
  • Supporting Communication
  • Makaton Level 1-2


Nicky Hillman
01787 373185 or 07591062605

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